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We asked: Are you happy with the council’s new recycling scheme. Your answer? A resounding... NO
12:32pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
We asked you to have your say and, as usual, you did not disappoint us.
Our phones did not stop ringing and our website went into overdrive, with the vast majority of Times Series readers taking a defiant stance against Barnet Borough Council’s new in-house recycling system.
The votes came in thick and fast with more than 1,500 received and 67 per cent declaring they did not like their new bins.
Last week we gave readers the chance to vote online via our website, by text, by phone or via email in response to the question: “Are you happy with the new recycling scheme?”
Online, one user was dubbed the ‘Barnet Bin Mole’ by users of Twitter after voting ‘yes’ a total of 322 times.
While we salute their dedication to the cause and are delighted that this person is so happy with the new scheme, the voting was restricted to one vote per person to ensure a fair result.
Once all multiple votes had been reduced to one per person, the online result matched the overall score with 67 per cent saying ‘no’, they were not happy and 33 per cent saying they were.
Via email ‘no’ won the poll again with 79 per cent of the votes, as it did via our automated phoneline with 80 per cent voting against the new scheme.
The closest ballot came via text with 45 per cent saying they were happy with the new bins and 55 per cent stating they were not.
Readers who voted via email also told us why they were against the new system.
Martin Berliner said: “Don’t mind helping with recycling but this is beyond reason. Most homes can’t cope with them all and the brown caddies for indoor use are twice the size they should be.”
Paula Jeffreys wrote: “Fortnightly collection of the green bin is totally insufficient for my needs. I cannot accommodate another green bin to make up for the loss of the weekly collection. I hope the council will reconsider how often the green bin is collected.”
Mr and Mrs Hewitt emailed to say: “Excellent coverage by Times Series of the bin/recycling fiasco. I would also like to know if our old black bin can now be regarded as obsolete. My vote is therefore not happy with our council’s revised recycling arrangements.”
Vivienne Smith wrote: “Barnet’s new dustbins are a waste of taxpayers’ money and an ugly eyesore littering our streets. New bins? No, no. no.” (We only counted this as one vote.)
Caroline Sinclair said: “No – they are too big and are ruining the look of the road. Each road you walk in, you are faced with bins. Very disappointing – nobody asked us our opinion.”
There was, however, some support for the council. Caroline Dimant said: “The new blue bins are fantastic.”
And Martin Arthur said: “I like them and I like the colour. A definite yes.”
Councillor Dean Cohen, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Waste collections are a service used by each end every one of the 350,000 residents in the borough. October 14 was the single biggest day of change for waste collection that any local authority in the UK has every undertaken. So if one week in 1000 people are still to be convinced I am not surprised.
“However the Times can’t ignore the fundamental fact that Barnet residents are voting with their recycling.
“Last week, the first ‘single week’ collection, we recycled 580 tonnes of co-mingled waste and 140 tonnes of food waste. Together that is more than twice what we were recycling in a typical week last year and we have already recycled more food waste in two weeks than we did in the whole of last year.”
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